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Offa Poly mourns three ex-students who died while travelling for NYSC

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The Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State has commiserated with the families of three of its former students who died on Thursday in a road crash on the way to the NYSC orientation camp in Katsina.

The institution in a statement on Monday by its Direction of Information, Public Relations and Protocols, Mr Olayinka Iroye, prayed that God would comfort the families and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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The statement said:

“With heavy hearts and profound sense of loss, the Governing Council, management, staff and students of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, commiserate with the families of three of our ex-students who lost their lives in a ghastly automobile accident along Mokwa road in Niger state on their way to the NYSC camp in Katsina for the Batch C stream II orientation.

“The polytechnic condoles with the families of the deceased students and prays that God will comfort and grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace.”

Three graduates of the institution died on Thursday when an articulated vehicle ran over their 18-passenger bus at Mokwa.

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The incident claimed the lives of all occupants except the driver.

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NasaNasarawa: Union urges Gov. Sule to constitute mgt. team for COE

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The Joint Union of Nasarawa State Tertiary Institutions (JUNSTI), has urged Governor Abdullahi Sule to constitute the management team for the College of Education (COE), Akwanga.

The body comprising unions from the College of Education (COE) Akwanga, Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, as well as the College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, made the call while briefing newsmen at the end of its meeting on Thursday in Lafia.

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Dr. Adah Benjamin, Chairman of the joint union said the call became imperative to ensure industrial harmony in the state’s tertiary institutions.

Benjamin said the appointment of a Sole Administrator to head COE Akwanga, following the sacking of the institution’s management team in February 2020  was alien to the law establishing the school.

“We, therefore, want the governor to constitute the management of COE Akwanga as tenable in the law establishing the college,” he said.

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He also appealed to the governor to implement the promotion and annual increments of their members from 2015 to 2020.

The Chairman commended the governor for signing into law, the amended acts establishing the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic and College of Agriculture, Science, and Technology Lafia.

He, however, appealed to the governor to assent to the amended law establishing the COE Akwanga, which was recently passed by the state house assembly.

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The Joint union chairman also thanked the governor over the appointment of one of its members from COE Akwanga, Mrs. Hashiya Ahmed, as Secretary, Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board.

He pledged the union’s support to the Governor Sule-led administration to succeed in delivering good governance to the people of the state.

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Osun enforcement team arrests violators of COVID-19 lockdown

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The enforcement team of the Osun COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday arrested some of the violators of the ongoing lockdown order of the state government in Ijesaland.

This was coming as the 7-day lockdown in Ijesaland entered day three.

The violators and other non-adherents to the NCDC’s protocols were apprehended for flouting government’s directives to forestall community transmission of the dreaded Coronavirus.

The state government had last weekend announced the total lockdown in four local government areas of Ijesaland as part of its swift response to combat the pandemic.

The decision to lock down some parts of the state, according to the government, was arrived at due to increase in the number of confirmed cases of the pandemic in the state.

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The state’s medical team managing the pandemic had earlier in its reports revealed that many of the people that had contracted the virus were residents of Ijesaland; hence the need for government to step up its preventive measures.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mrs Abiodun Ige, who led the enforcement team, said the decision to arrest some of the violators was to ensure total compliance to government’s order.

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She noted that those that were temporarily arrested would serve as a deterrent to others who might be nursing such an act of insolence toward the lockdown.

While counselling the lockdown defaulters at Ereja square, Ige said the government embarked on the lockdown as the best option to forestall the further spread of the virus in the state and the areas in particular.

Some of the violators who were largely residents of Ilesa West and Ilesa East were apprehended by the law enforcement agents stationed at different locations in the four Councils.

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The violators were counselled on the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and were later released.

Speaking on the level of compliance so far, Ige said it is worthy of note that people have begun to see the need for them to stay safe and stay alive.

She appealed to the residents of the affected areas to bear with the development as the government cannot afford to expose its citizens to avoidable dangers.

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ICSAN wants govt to leverage technology to reduce corruption

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The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has urged the federal government to invest more in training its staff on Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Mr. Bode Ayeku, ICSAN President said this during a media parley on Thursday in Lagos.
He said that such training was necessary for the government to leverage technology to eliminate corruption and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Ayeku said that massive investment in ICT would also be helpful in electoral processes to eliminate compromise, ballot snatching, and mishaps with transporting ballot boxes.
“COVID-19 has brought about a change in mindset and the way things are done.
“When you take away physical interactions and you say deal with us electronically, many issues with corruption, compromise, unethical practices, and bureaucracy would be done away with.
“I would expect the government to this year say they are investing in training its staff on ICT and migrating to digital archives which would enable access by anyone in any part of the world,” he said.
On managing the disruptions of COVID-19 on the economy, the ICSAN President said that principles of corporate governance, which are transparency, fairness, responsibility, and accountability, can be useful.
“COVID-19 has destabilized all structures in place and corporate governance principles when employed can actually be used to reset and restart operations properly.
“Companies and customers that entered into various contractual obligations before the pandemic can with transparency come together to address issues affecting the issues caused by the pandemic.
“This is not the time to count losses or apply force majure, as parties must responsibly put issues on the table, address it transparently as there would be life after COVID-19 and relationships must not be destroyed.
“Empathy and fairness must be employed by both employers and employees as this would encourage loyalty by the end of the pandemic,” he said.
The ICSAN President commended the private sector on adherence to the 2018 code of corporate governance conduct.
“However, the public sector, and I mean all government parastatals and agencies, must capitalize on employing a compliance officer who should be a chartered secretary to help entrench the practices of corporate governance pending when one for the public sector can be created,” he said.
Ayeku also spoke on ways to further improve the nation’s ranking on the ease of doing business.
“Nothing distorts the private sector than unpredictable government policies or the reversal of policies at will.
“Therefore, there must be alignment and sound collaboration among all agencies of government to improve the ease at which business operations are run and handled in the nation.
“Another thing to consider to improve investment is the need to respect the rule of law.
“Investors are visitors and they appreciate an environment that is conducive for business and respect the rule of law,” he said.
He also called for speedy and faithful implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), import-substitution, development of the agricultural sector, and concerted effort to reduce the cost of governance.
These, he explained, would help the nation overcome the travails associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
He said that massive investment in technology to enhance local production with its enormous multiplier effect on the economy was beneficial to improving the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
“If you do not have control over your income, you must have control over your expenses,” he said.
Speaking on the proposed closure of the 3rd mainland bridge for six months from July, Ayeku urged businesses to put in place facilities that would enable employees to work from home.
He said this was to reduce health challenges resulting from long hours in traffic by commuters.

Ayeku said that the Institute had been able to cope with the ongoing pandemic, as it had migrated to a digital platform since last year.

“All we had to do was harvest what was already in place, observe all safety precautions and segment reopening of activities to capture targeted stakeholders,” he said.
Addressing the incidence of unclaimed dividends, Ayeku stressed the need for updating and keeping of shareholders register and also fostering cordial communication and relationships.
“Companies must continue to publish amounts of unclaimed dividends and make efforts to synergize and simplify the process across the board,” he said.
The ICSAN President commended the efforts of the government at handling the coronavirus since the nation recorded its first case in February.
He implored citizens to complement the efforts of the government by adhering to all safety precautions to eradicate the pandemic completely from the nation.
“I am very impressed with the way the government has handled the pandemic even though more can be done by building more facilities.
“Citizens, however, have to do more by taking precautions to quickly eradicate this problem, as government cannot be everywhere to ensure compliance,” he said.
The ICSAN President said that the efforts to change the name of the Institute to Chartered Governance Institute of Nigeria had begun.
“This name change has been done by our contemporaries in other countries such as South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, and others to accommodate the evolved roles and expanded scope of secretaries,” he said.  
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